Embattled agency asks DOJ to fight the recent court ruling that makes the agency powerless.
The "Gang That Can't Jab Straight" might have hurt feelings when a Florida Federal Judge ruled that the agency did not have the power to force people to wear masks on public transportation.
Following that ruling, the Department of Justice told the CDC they would fight the Judge's order in court if the CDC requested they do so. However, one could read between the lines and think that even the DOJ has had enough of the agency since they showed little outrage at the ruling.
Yesterday the CDC announced that it has requested that the DOJ tell the Judge that they do indeed have the power to regulate the wearing of masks.
In a statement the often confused agency wrote, "CDC believes this is a lawful order, well within CDC's legal authority to protect public health. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in all indoor public transportation settings," adding that it will continue to monitor public health conditions to "determine whether such an order remains necessary."
In a statement, the Department of Justice said that it filed a notice of appeal in the case involving Health Freedom Defense Fund, Inc., et al., versus Biden, et al.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle ruled in that case that the mask mandate on planes and other forms of public transportation was unlawful.
The CDC's mask mandate, which was put in place to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, was enacted in February 2021 and extended to May 3.
After the Judge blocked the requirement to wear masks, President Biden said it is now up to the people to decide whether to wear masks and that he had not spoken to the CDC about the situation. Even though the commander-in-chief feels it is up to the people to decide, it looks like the fine scientists at the CDC think otherwise.